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3 days in Rome : The Ultimate Itinerary

Are you wondering if it’s possible to captivate the essence of the so-called “Eternal City” in a 3 day trip in Rome ? Wonder no further, unless it’s actually through the streets of Rome itself!

Here is the ultimate itinerary for 3 days spent in Rome, one that suits all : solo travellers, lovers, and families. Over the course of your 3 day trip in Rome, you will be able to see some, if not all, the best places.

Day 1 : start with the Historic center of  Rome

The Piazza Nova

To start off, let’s take it back all the way to the Historic center of the city, the so-called Piazza Navona. It’s highly recommended to visit in the morning to avoid all the daily hustle and bustle that comes in due time. You’ll almost have Rome all to yourself, now how about that ! The square in itself is full of beauty : from the monuments all around, to the fountains that are adorned with sculptures. The atmosphere will truly take your breath away.


The Pantheon

The Pantheon is a short 5-minute walk from Piazza Navona, and a must-see place to include in your 3-day Rome itinerary plan. It is an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the gods of pagan Rome that was then eventually converted into a Christian church.  Michelangelo himself referred to it as “a design of angels, not of man”.  You’ll have to go inside and get fully engulfed by the mystifying architectural creation that it is.


Altare Della Patria

Next up is one of the most majestic and eye-catching monuments in Rome, the Altare della Patria, in Piazza Venezia, only a short 12-minute walk from the Pantheon. It is a tribute to Vittorio Emmanuele II, the first king of Italy. Walk up the endless stairs of white marble and pay attention to the Corinthian columns that are present on the frontal facade. Every detail was thought out meticulously. You also have the chance to climb up its panoramic terrace, which can be done via elevators in order to take in the breathtaking view of the metropolis.


The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

No matter what your interests or passions, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the best places to visit for your 3 day trip in Rome.

With its stunning facade, awe-inspiring interiors, and rich cultural significance, this ancient basilica is sure to captivate your senses and transport you back in time to the heart of the Roman Empire.

The true highlight of the Basilica is its stunning Cappella Sistina, which boasts some of the most breathtaking frescoes in all of Rome. Marvel at the intricate details of the ceiling  which depicts the life of the Virgin Mary and the Nativity of Christ, and take in the stunning artwork that adorns the walls.


Fontana di Trevi

What would a 3 day trip to Rome be if it didn’t include a visit to the Fontana di Trevi, a 19-minute walk from the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

The Fontana di Trevi is not just any ordinary fountain. It is a true masterpiece of Italian Baroque art, featuring a stunningly detailed facade that depicts a variety of mythological figures and symbols.

According to its legend, throwing a coin into the fountain ensures a return visit to Rome, which has made it a popular tradition among visitors. Additionally, the fountain has been featured in numerous movies, including Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita,” which has helped to solidify its status as a cultural icon.


Via del Corso

From the Fontana di Trevi, head your way down Via del Corso all the way to the famous SPANISH STEPS.

Via del Corso is one of the most renowned streets for shopping, so make sure to take a peek into the windows of the stores to have a real taste of “la moda italiana” at its finest. You can then enjoy a well-deserved ice cream whilst sitting on the Spanish Steps.

Whether you’re interested in the beauty and history of Baroque architecture, or simply looking for a lively and picturesque spot to relax, the Spanish Steps are an absolute must-see part of any “what to do in Rome for 3 days” list.

Villa Borghese

After the ice-cream and people watching, how about a nice serene walk in the middle of some nature.  Villa Borghese is the next top on your 3-day itinerary plan in Rome.

This park is home to many Roman sculptures and fountains, and it’s main highlight : the Galleria Borghese museum. The museum showcases an impressive collection of art, including masterpieces by Raphael, Botticelli, Caravaggio and Tiziano. 

The Terraza del Pincio

To end the day off in style after having strolled around the beautiful gardens, take yourself to the Terazza del Pincio to watch a true Roman sunset in due course! 

You’ll be surrounded by the liveliness of the city, transitioning from day to night.

DAY 2 :  Embrace the Roman History

The colosseum

On the second day of your 3 day trip in Rome, a visit to the Colosseum should definitely be on your itinerary. 

The Colosseum is one of the most iconic landmarks in Rome. This ancient amphitheatre, which dates back to AD 80, was used for a variety of events, including gladiatorial contests and public executions. 

Today, visitors can explore the Colosseum’s interior and imagine what it must have been like to watch these events take place. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid long lines and to maximize your time in this incredible historic site.

Book an archeologic tour of Rome to learn more about roman History.


The Roman Forum

Are you planning a family trip to Rome and wondering how to make the most of your three days in this historic city? You won’t want to miss a visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the next door neighbour of The Colosseum landmark.

These two ancient sites offer a glimpse into Rome’s rich history and are a must-see for anyone interested in exploring the city’s past. The Roman Forum was once the centre of political and social life in ancient Rome, while the Palatine Hill was home to the city’s wealthiest residents. 


La Bocca Della Verita

La Bocca della Verita is a famous Roman landmark that is featured in many films and truly endures tourists. 

If you’re planning a three-day trip to Rome, make sure to add the Bocca della Verita to your itinerary. This ancient marble disc, located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, is said to have the power to detect lies. According to legend, anyone who tells a lie while their hand is in the mouth of the Bocca della Verita will have their hand bitten off…


Giardino delli Aranci

If you fancy a stroll as the afternoon light dims in The Eternal City, Giardino degli Aranci is a must-see. 

Located on the Aventine Hill, the Giardino degli Aranci, or Orange Garden, is a hidden gem that is definitely worth a visit during your time in Rome. As its name suggests, this beautiful park is filled with orange trees, but it also offers stunning panoramic views of the city, including the Tiber River and St. Peter’s Basilica. The garden is a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and is a perfect spot to relax and take in the views. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to read a book, have a picnic, or simply enjoy the scenery, the Giardino degli Aranci is a must-visit for anyone looking for a tranquil escape in Rome.

Try out the delicious italian cuisine

For a well-deserved bite to eat, head to Trestevere neighbourhood, well known for its medieval houses and the best restaurants in Rome!

With its cobblestone streets and ivy-covered buildings, Trastevere has a cosy, old-world vibe that makes it the perfect place to explore and indulge in delicious Italian cuisine. 

The neighbourhood is home to a wide variety of restaurants, from traditional trattorias serving classic Roman dishes to modern eateries offering creative twists on Italian favourites. Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, pasta, or gelato, Trastevere has something to offer.

Some of the best ones include Nannarella’s, La Tavernetta 29, and Grazia & Graziella.


DAY 3 : the religious monuments to end your 3 day trip in Rome

The Vatican

The last day of your 3 days in Rome itinerary needs to include the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. 

Home to some of the world’s most famous works of art and architecture, these historic landmarks offer a truly unforgettable experience for visitors. 

The Vatican Museums boast an incredible collection of art, including classical sculptures, Renaissance paintings, and ancient artefacts. The Sistine Chapel, located within the Vatican Museums, is particularly famous for its ceiling painted by Michelangelo, which depicts scenes from the Book of Genesis. The artwork in both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but also historically significant, offering a window into the cultural and religious history of Italy and the world. A visit to these iconic landmarks is a must-do for anyone interested in art, history, or culture, and is sure to be a highlight of your 3 day trip to Rome.

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St Peter’s Basilica

After visiting the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, keep up the stamina and go straight to the St. Peter’s Basilica & Cupola.

St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the largest and most impressive churches in the world, known for its stunning architecture and works of art. Inside, visitors can admire masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s Baldacchino. However, the real highlight of a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica is climbing the Cupola, or dome, for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. The climb up the 551 steps can be challenging, but the view from the top is well worth it. From the Cupola, you can see the Vatican City, the Tiber River, and many of Rome’s most iconic landmarks. 

The Lungotovere

After two museums and a lot of knowledge soaked in, take a stroll on the Lungotovere next to The Ponte Umberto I.

Watching the sunset is a must-do experience for anyone visiting the Eternal City and the perfect way to end your 3 day trip in Rome.

Located on the banks of the Tiber River, the Lungotevere is a scenic promenade that stretches along the riverbank. Ponte Umberto I is a beautiful bridge spanning the Tiber with its romantic atmosphere and picturesque views. 

Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening with your partner, a peaceful moment to reflect on your travels, or a unique photo opportunity with your family, watching the sunset at the Lungotevere and Ponte Umberto I is a must-do activity in Rome.

Bring refreshments and enjoy the moment !